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Old 05-07-2015, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Baker City, Oregon
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Of course she's a product of the very thing she laments but it's still telling. Not exactly news though I'll admit.

As to the sponsor thing, that's not surprising in a male driven sponsor package. The brands are, as always, not very creative in their thinking and conservative in practice.
The lack of female drivers isn't the fault of Williams, male driven sponsor packages, conservative brands or male sexism. The blame has to be placed on human evolution.

For millions of years, as humans evolved, in order to survive, different physical demands were required of males and females. That's why they are physically different. It's been that way until recently recently not even being the equivalent of a blink of the eye.



Males and females are still physically different, there hasn't been enough time for this to change. That's why, in almost every physical, athletic endeavor, they compete separately. Watch the Olympics. If it weren't so, males would dominate.

Driving a race car is still a physical endeavor. The legacy of millions of years of evolution is the reason why women have a hard time competing directly with men. Not sexism.

Anyway, it's only entertainment, it's not like it's some sort of an intellectual pastime, it's not that important.
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Old 05-11-2015, 10:24 AM
 
Location: 59N
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Sussie Wolff is not terrible or anything, but if she ever gets a race seat in F1, it will be based on her gender and looks.
Yes, unfortunately. She had 7 seasons in DTM but only managed to get 4 points. Is that good enough for F1?

The impact of F1's new Super Licence rules
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Old 05-14-2015, 11:23 AM
 
Location: 59N
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Gotta love Kimi:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=36&v=4xRFSJOxKdE

One of the comments:
"Looking at that face Im not sure if i could make a difference whether it is a sponsor vid or a terrorist hostage clip. Then again, for Kimi they might feel the same.."
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Old 05-19-2015, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Hickory, NC
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Two extra weeks of withdrawal symptoms!
Better than having 2 months off in the middle of the season. Dumbest thing ever.
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Old 05-21-2015, 09:07 AM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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Monaco this weekend.

Damn silly place to have a race.

And I love every minute of it!
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Old 05-22-2015, 11:32 PM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Eh, one of my least favorite races and I particularly get tired of all the blathering about the pomp and circumstance of the race. What year was it that something like 6 cars finished, after all the crashes? I think it was the first and only win for Fisichella.

Also, I can't believe that they are talking about bringing refueling back. I hope that gets voted down hard. The only thing it adds is the potential of fire in the pits, which is, IMO, horrifying.
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Old 05-23-2015, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Island of Misfit Toys
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I was surprised to see refueling put back into the mix as well. It makes no sense to bring back that risk/danger. If they need something to make the races more competitive, and/or re-introduce passing - fix the cars. Engineers are smart enough to make cars passable.

I enjoy Monaco. It's interesting. It's the only 'track' I've been to! haha Being there on race weekend is really interesting. Very cool.
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Old 05-23-2015, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Baker City, Oregon
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F1 is supposed to be the pinnacle of open wheel racing.

Today's F1 cars with the power units and multiple regulations that restrict performance aren't much faster than GP2 cars.

At most tracks, the top GP2 qualifiers are faster than many of the slower F1 cars.

At the beginning of the races, when the F1 cars are laden with fuel, they aren't any faster than GP2 cars.
Nobody dares race because they will ruin their tires.

The races have become snooze fests.

The spectators don't like this. They are staying away. TV audience is way down.

Something has to be done.

Today's refueling rigs are safe. Sports cars, Indycars, Nascar, etc. etc. seem to have refueling without major problems, why shouldn't F1?

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Old 05-23-2015, 11:46 AM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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The TV audience is way down for most sports and particularly auto racing. NASCAR has been trying all sorts of twists and gimmicks and they are not working to increase race attendance or TV viewing.

I like F1, but I don't particularly care about the top speeds the cars hit. If all I cared about was speed, I'd watch drag racing, which I find about as boring as oval racing. What I want to see is the cars "work" through the corners, passing in the corners (not the drag-race DRS passing*), cars setting up lines for corner entry/exit and, did I mention, PASSING.

Not having refueling is pretty much a level playing field for everyone - all the cars start heavy and usually on the softest tires, which makes the opening laps interesting. Today's refueling rigs are safER, not safe. I just don't think it is worth the trouble and expense to add it back in.

I had forgotten that Matchett had been involved in that pit fire - his opinion on the NBCSN Practice 2 broadcast was pretty decisive.

.:Focus-F1.com:.

*which, actually, is the ONE thing I think Indy cars do better than F1 - the push-to-pass button. Everyone gets so many "button pushes" per race and they need to use them judiciously. Much prefer that to DRS.



... off to watch recorded Qualifying!
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Old 05-23-2015, 12:32 PM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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I was surprised to see refueling put back into the mix as well. It makes no sense to bring back that risk/danger. If they need something to make the races more competitive, and/or re-introduce passing - fix the cars. Engineers are smart enough to make cars passable.

I enjoy Monaco. It's interesting. It's the only 'track' I've been to! haha Being there on race weekend is really interesting. Very cool.
Love it or hate it I think we'd see a large reduction in available sponsor $$$ if it went away.
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